How to get away with Murder
By Crawford Norman
Thank God its Thursday is the catch phrase attached to ABC’s historic weeknight. Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder all exist in Shondaland. The nickname for the three hour block of television all from the mind of Shonda Rhimes. Shondaland is also the name of her production company responsible for the shows. As a fan of Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, I may be somewhat bias, but what is undisputable is the fact that there has never been two shows lead by African American females back-to-back, at primetime. Especially not three all created by Shonda Rhimes, a writer from Chicago. Scandal is the show that has pushed Rhimes to an even higher level, and with the release of this new drama, we at Jo want to share our thoughts, good and bad, with Rhimes fans out there. So let’s talk, How to Get Away with Murder. I’ll the cover the series as a whole so far, and from there we’ll discuss the melodrama week by week.
Since this is a review of episodes there will be spoilers!
So please, if you prefer to be surprised by each episode, then watch it first. Three episodes in and the thrilling, break-neck speed of HTGAWM’s introduction is still one of the show’s major highpoints. Not to say that the show has gone downhill but the first few scenes of the show are strong, from visuals and audio to the dialogue, Murder is a strong contender from the start.
Though created and run by Peter Norwalk, the stamp of the show’s executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, is all over this legal drama. Much like Scandal, the show is full of rapid-fire dialogue that can be witty, harsh, or full of exposition (making me put the DVR to work to go back and catch that phrase again). As a part of Shondaland, and completely endorsed by ABC, a full season, and a huge audience are almost guaranteed, the show only needs to keep that momentum going. Viola Davis plays intro. To law professor and cutthroat attorney Annalise Keating, who’s merged her class and work into one, challenging her students to try and solve her own cases. With Keating at the forefront, the show is also about her cunning students: Wes, Michaela, Connor, Asher and Laurel. And while they are trying to become great lawyers first they’ve got to cover up the murder of Annalise’s husband Sam Keating. Each episode shows us a little more of what happened that night, but it also shows us that no one is exactly how they seem.